Eric Aaron

Eric Aaron
eaaron@colby.edu

Department of Computer Science
Colby College

Spring 2024 Office Hours (in Davis 113)

• M 4:00-5:30pm,
• T 1:00-2:00pm,
• W 3:00-4:30pm,
• R 1:00-2:00pm,
and by email appointment.

• Note that times for office hours may change slightly as the semester gets started.
Updates will be posted on this page.

• For the time being, please wear a mask when in my office hours.

Courses, Spring 2024

CS 375: Analysis of Algorithms
M W 1:00-2:15pm, Davis 201

CS 376: Algorithm Design and Analysis
T R 2:30-3:45pm, Davis 201

CS 446: Computational Modeling & Simulation II (Interdisciplinary Science Research)
T R 11:00am-12:15pm, Davis 117

News--NIH-Funded Game: GENOMICE

A team from Colby, SIFT, and Jackson Labs was recently awarded a $400,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to begin development of GENOMICE, an interactive video game to teach genomics concepts to undergraduate and high school students! I am co-PI on the grant, and I will contribute pedagogy, ensure that our team's pedagogical expertise is represented well in the computer programming of GENOMICE, and co-lead AI development.

News--Forthcoming Textbook from Taylor & Francis / Routledge / CRC Press

My CS346 course at Colby teaches upper-level programmers mechanistic computational modeling and simulation--programming scientific mechanisms as computational models, and running simulations to illuminate the underlying science--as well as the programming techniques that can make computer scientists more productive contributors to interdisciplinary computational science. Now, I've signed a contract with CRC Press (part of Taylor & Francis / Routledge) to publish a textbook based on this material! (Target publication date: 2025)

News--AAAI (Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence) Undergraduate Consortium

At the 2021 and 2022 AAAI Conferences, I co-Chaired the Undergraduate Consortium, an opportunity for a selected group of undergraduate scholars to meet peers and professionals, and to receive mentorship and resources to help in pursuing a career in AI research. You can check out the programs of each year's Undergraduate Consortium (2021, 2022) and a YouTube playlist of our scholars' videos describing their research!

News--WIREs Cognitive Science Journal

I have recently joined the Editorial Board of WIREs (Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews) as the Computer Science and Robotics Editor for WIREs Cognitive Science. I'm very excited to be part of a group that promotes the communication of important Computer Science and Robotics research in a forum for the Cognitive Science community!

News--E-Book: Evolvability, Environments, Embodiment & Emergence in Robotics

Along with colleagues John Long (Vassar College) and Stéphane Doncieux (Université Pierre et Marie Curie), I have co-edited a Frontiers Research Topic called Evolvability, Environments, Embodiment & Emergence in Robotics.

In November 2018, this research topic was published as an e-book, free to download! I hope anyone interested in this fascinating interdisciplinary area will check it out!

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Research Interests

Interdisciplinary Computational Science, Robotics, Computational Modeling and Simulation, Artificial Intelligence, Hybrid Systems, System Verification, Cognitive Science
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CV / Selected Publications

My CV is available in PDF format.

Some selected publications, indicative of some primary interests:

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Other Noteworthy Publications

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Contact Information

Eric Aaron
Colby College
5857 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901

            
Email: eaaron@colby.edu
Phone: (207) 859-5857
Fax: (207) 859-5846
Office: Davis 113
https://cs.colby.edu/eaaron
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Non-academic stuff


Music is one of my most important non-academic interests. I have written about music (album reviews and features), broadcast as a jazz DJ (a weekly commercial radio show), and played in a few rock bands that successfully made it out of the garage.
Eric and guitar

Eric Aaron, eaaron@colby.edu
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